If you want to make it big in animation, look no further than southern Ontario. It turns out that two Sheridan College grads landed Oscar nominations for their short animated films. Both the films are based in Toronto.
The two films were both also nominated for an Oscar in the Best Animated Short Film category. Those aren't the only similarities they have, though. The directors of both films are graduates from the animation program at Sheridan College, in the Toronto area.
The first is Domee Shi, who graduated from Sheridan's animation program in 2011. She created the adorable short-film Bao. The story follows a little dumpling in Toronto who comes to life, giving an ageing Chinese-Canadian woman a second chance at motherhood. The film was shown before Incredibles 2 in Cineplex theatres.
The second Sheridan graduate is Trevor Jimenez, who also went through their animation program, but finished back in 2007. His film called Weekends also takes place in Toronto but is inspired by his own childhood experience with divorced parents and splitting his time between them while growing up in the city.
The school also revealed that some of their other animation alumni have worked on Incredibles 2, Ralph Breaks the Internet, Spiderman: Into the Spider-verse, and Isle of Dogs. These are four of the five films nominated for Best Animated Feature.
The school has responded to the nominations, obviously very proud of their alumni's accomplishments.
Sheridan College's president, Janet Morrison said "To see our alumni recognized in this significant way speaks to their skills as storytellers as well as animators," she continued, "We are thrilled to celebrate their successes, made all the more notable as Sheridan celebrates the 50th anniversary of its Animation Program."
While Sheridan College graduates are cleaning up in these animation categories, they aren't the only Canadians nominated. Another film also competing for the Best Short Animated Film Oscar is Animal Behaviour.
The film is made by Vancouver-based married couple David Fine and Alison Snowden and produced by the National Film Board of Canada. The story involves a number of different animals, sitting down for a group therapy session.
The nominations for the Oscars were announced earlier this morning. The actual ceremony will take place on Sunday, February 24th at Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles, California.